Absolutely-- in the U.S. there are Conservative and Reform Jews, and they wear yarmulkes.As I understand it, "Orthodox Jews" refers to a specific sect. Not all Jews who wear kippot are orthodox.
Well, that's why it's a minefield! You can be a religious Jew and not wear a yalmulke.So religious is fine, then? Acceptable?
It's definitely widely used in AE.So religious is fine, then? Acceptable?
The main word in Yiddish is yarmulke. The main word in Hebrew is kippa. The language Yiddish is a dialect spoken by Ashkenazi Jews. Since the majority of Jews in the US are Ashkenazi, that may be the more common word there. In Israel, the more common word among both Ashkenazi and Sephardi Jews (as well as other Oriental Jews) is kippa, because Hebrew is the common language.Well, the main word is a yarmulke... I am Jewish, and I know plenty of people who aren't orthodox who still wear yarmulkes... it is a symbol of religious devotion, which you don't need to be orthodox to have.
There are also two major groups of Judaism, which most people don't know about: Ashkenazi and Sephardic. The Ashkenazi are European Jews, while the Sephardic are Spanish Jews.
This would probably be taken as an offense as a skullcap is something different. I have always heard Yarmulke (pronounced yom-uh-kuh) in my life having grown up around many Jewish families. For the longest time I did not know how to spell it because of the vast difference in spelling and pronunciation. But I guess that's just English's brazen disregard for pronunciation rules due to language gobbling.I have also heard "skullcap" used in English.